❄ Holiday Bazaar and Chorus & Strings Concert this Wednesday ❄
Walk Through the Classes
Tuesday, Dec. 18th
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Holiday Bazaar
Wednesday, Dec. 19th
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Chorus & Strings Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 19th
Call times TBA
Concert 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Held at Grace First Presbyterian Church

Kindergarten Winter Potluck
Friday, Dec. 21st
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Held at Marina Vista Park

Winter Break
December 24th -
January 4th
*** NO SCHOOL ***

School Resumes
Monday, January 7th

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Meeting
Saturday, Jan. 12th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
MVWS Social Hall
Letter from our Dean
Dear Maple Village Community,
As part of the celebration of Waldorf Education’s 100th anniversary, a beautiful film was released last spring called “Learn to Change the World.”  The 18 minute film shows Waldorf Schools around the world with an explanation of the work being done.   We showed it at our Explore Waldorf evening, and attendees, as well as panelists, were quite impressed.
Well, it is our lucky day! We were just notified that a second has been released. The second part of the Waldorf 100 film deals with encounter, engagement and inclusion. I think you will find it quite moving. Here it is, hot off the press.   Enjoy! 
Have a wonderful winter weekend, and please read this important message from our Board President, Darshi Balasuriya:
Annual Giving Update
Congratulations!  We've hit the half way point!!!  As of 12/11/2018 we have raised $5,012.  Thank you dear community for your generous gifting this holiday season.  We have had many grandparents and friends of the community participate as well.  So thank you also for spreading the word.
Now let's work on our participation.  We reached $5,000 with only 32 participants.  This year, our goal is to have 100% of our community participating in the annual giving.  Just imagine, if all of you donate, we can reach for the stars!
Please help us meet our goal of 100% community participation.  I know we can make it.  Participation is key.  Your gifts, however large or small are much appreciated.
Thanks so very much again!  Lets get to 100%!!
From the Office

Holiday Chorus & Strings Concert

The MVWS community is invited to:

MVWS Grades 3 – 8
Holiday Chorus & Strings Concert
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Grace First Presbyterian Church
3955 North Studebaker Road
Long Beach, CA 90808

All are invited to this special holiday event of beautiful music created by our student groups working together with each other and with their amazing teachers!

Student performer call times:

  • 3rd grade Willows: 5:00 p.m.
  • Grades 4-8:  5:15 p.m.


Morning Care Volunteers Needed

We are looking for parent volunteers to sign students in to morning care on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.  This will count towards your volunteer hours.  Please  let the office know if you can help us!
Aftercare Wishlist

Hi Maple Village families!

Cleaning out some cupboards before the holidays?  Forgot to donate some stuff to the rummage sale?  Good news!  Aftercare is looking for a few more games and other household items for donation:

  • Mancala
  • Checkers 
  • Chess
  • Uno
  • Connect 4
  • Soccer balls and basketballs
  • Yoga mats to be repurposed as nap mats
  • A few small trash cans
  • Blackout or heavy curtains to aid in our early childhood resting environment
Please leave any and all items on the list in the Grove marked "Aftercare Donation". Thank you so much in advance!

Thank you to Robert Dameron for the very generous donation of a new basketball hoop, which our students are enjoying with great enthusiasm!  Thank you as well to our blanket/quilt donors!
Ms. Ciana and the Aftercare Staff
Shady Trees Class Fundraiser

“Blooming Paperwhites”
Holiday Fundraiser
By the Shady Trees Class
Grades 6, 7 & 8
Buy them!
Bloom them!
Enjoy roots!
Enjoy blooms!
And the sweet holiday fragrance!
$3.50 each

We will be taking pre-sale orders. 
Pick up at the MV Holiday Bazaar,
Wednesday, Dec 19th Noon - 3:00 PM
(or at any other time by prior arrangement).

Thank you for supporting our class for our Eighth Grade trip in June 2020!

Parent Village

Annual Toy Drive for Church Food Bank

Dear MVWS community,

As we face the holiday with glad hearts and tender feelings towards our family and friends, we ask that we remember those neighbors out there in our greater community who struggle to put food on their tables and to whom holidays occasion moments of sadness because gifts, such as toys and books, are impossible luxuries beyond their reach. For these neighbors in need--so that their households may shine with our light of giving and gratitude-- we ask you to reach within your own home and share the surplus that is within your reach.


Please donate new or gently used toys and books so that these may be wrapped, ordered by age group, and gifted to less fortunate children this holiday season. Imagine how a forgotten toy in your child's room might delight another child, who expected little or nothing knowing their family's circumstance. We have watched parents come to the church, the weekend before Christmas, with ages and names of their children and take away a gift for each child with smiles of profound gratitude upon their faces. This is the true gift of these holidays.


Should you also want to donate nonperishable canned and boxed goods--such as organic beans, soups, sauces, pasta, etc.--we also welcome them.  There will be a large drop-off box in the Grove for your donations. May they overflow with your generosity!

We are also looking for volunteers (children and adults) to help wrap the gifts while the Food Bank is open from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 15th.

Now Enrolling

Red Rose Co. After School Activities


Tuesday:  3rd grade to 8th grade, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday:  Kindergarten to 8th grade, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Students will be driven to Marina Vista Park from school in the Red Rose Co. van.  Parents pick up at Marina Vista Park.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Annette Parry at 949-981-3749 or redroseco.info@gmail.com.

Parent/Toddler Winter Session - Open Enrollment

Enrollment is now open to all for our upcoming winter session of Parent/Toddler classes!  If you know someone with a young child who might like to join us, please send them this info.  Here are the session details:


Tuesday, Wednesday*, Thursday, or Friday

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

First Class:  week of November 26th

Last Class:  week of February 4th

No Class:  weeks of December 24th or 31st (school closed for Winter Break)

Cost:  $295, all fees included

*Wednesday class will continue to be an outdoor explorers class at Mae Boyar Park in Lakewood.  We would love to have some more families join us!

To register, please contact Alice in the office.  Spots in each of the classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Currently Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday have openings - you can check the status of each class  on our website.

Thank you for helping to spread the word!  This class often has a waitlist so now is the perfect time for new families to join.
   Waldorf Community
You may have seen him at Harvest Faire; your grade-school students have had classes with him.  Mike Fry, of Let’s Jump LA, Maple Village’s jump rope coach, is offering Friday afternoon jump rope classes at MMS Dance Studio in Long Beach.  See flyer above for location, time and registration information. Let’s jump!
About Maple Village Waldorf School

Maple Village Waldorf School aims to create a compassionate and welcoming environment rooted in the traditions and the philosophies of Waldorf education. We endeavor to engage and nurture the whole child resulting in a balance of heart, mind, body and spirit. We strive to provide a full living education integrating academia, the arts and communal awareness in order to inspire, energize and develop creativity and a love of learning in each student.


For more information or to apply, please call us at (562) 434-8200, email us at info@maplevillageschool.org, or visit our website.
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